Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka says he strongly opposes a former LTTE cadres being appointed as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province.
Former LTTE media coordinator Daya Master has indicated that he will contest the northern provincial council elections in September under the ruling UPFA ticket.
There is also speculation that former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) may also contest the election but Fonseka says such people, while being welcomed to the democratic stream, should not be allowed to head a provincial council.
He noted that the LTTE had, during the war, stolen a lot on money and if former LTTE members head a provincial council they might do the same.
Fonseka also said that his party, the Democratic Party (DP), has not decided on contesting the polls in north.
Commenting on the absence of the Queen at the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in November, Fonseka said that her absence will send different signal among the international community.
While her office has said she will not attend the summit for the first time in history, in order to pass her reigns to her son Prince Charles, Fonseka said it will give the impression she is actually boycotting the event owing to human rights concerns on Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Indika Sri Aravinda